Claudio Ranieri has made his first appearance in public after his sacking by defending Premier League champions Leicester City.
The coach also revealed “yesterday my dream died” as Premier League managers united to condemn Leicester’s surprise sacking of last season’s title winner.Ranieri has broken his silence on the dismissal which has stunned football by admitting his sadness in a heartfelt statement, while it can also be revealed that:
– The reigning Fifa World Coach of the Year was sacked in a side-room at the Radisson Blu hotel at East Midlands Airport.
– There is “a wave of disbelief and anger” among the managerial community, according to the League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan.
– Potential replacements are wary of accepting the job because of the circumstances surrounding Ranieri’s departure.
– Caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare believes he has already been cast as the “pantomime villain” as he looks to lift the club ahead of Monday’s visit of Liverpool.
Leicester’s Thai owners are under heavy scrutiny after the dismissal of the Italian, just nine months after he guided the club to the title, and Jose Mourinho, Jürgen Klopp and Antonio Conte have all come out in strong support of the 65-year-old.
Manchester United’s Mourinho even wore an embroidered shirt with the initials ‘CR’ on Friday before launching a withering attack on Leicester’s players, effectively accusing them of getting Ranieri the sack.
It can be revealed that a “shocked” Ranieri was informed of the news as the staff and players waited for their luggage, following a difficult landing after flying from Seville.